Midwinter Meeting

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA, Lifetime Arts announce creative aging workshop at 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Lifetime Arts, a national leader in arts education programming for older adults, and the American Library Association will offer a pre-conference workshop about the growing field of creative aging at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez is 2016 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer

CHICAGO -- Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez will bring her message of not allowing others to define you, and of turning negativity into a motivating force, to 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as the Arthur Curley lecturer from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. 

Registration, housing now open for 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open at alamidwinter.org for 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, offering the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, innovators and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Highlights include:

Senator Cory Booker to speak at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program

CHICAGO — Rising United States Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — will join ALA President Sari Feldman as speaker during her President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. This program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, will take place from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

United for Libraries to present ‘Library Director’s Institute’ at ALA Midwinter Meeting

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Do you have a dysfunctional board of Trustees? Do you fight micromanagement, bullies or just plain lack of engagement? How well do your Trustees advocate on behalf of the library? Are they effective participants in the planning process? And what about your Friends?  Are they “unfriendly”?  Do they hold onto money the library desperately needs? Are they aging out and failing to raise the kind of money you know they can?

Ignite Session proposals accepted through Oct. 9 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, always standing-room-only and high energy events. Session proposals are accepted now through the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Find out more and submit proposals now.

Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open through Sept. 30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts in Boston, Jan. 8-12, 2016 at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, and continues at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, June 23-28.

Chelsea Clinton is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Closing Session Speaker

CHICAGO -- Chelsea Clinton will close out the 2016 Midwinter Meeting at a special session from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Attendees will want to be sure to stay to hear her speak about her new book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that addresses our biggest challenges, offers ideas for action and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.

RUSA calls for 2016 institute, preconference and program proposals

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on May 11, 2015. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.


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